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Posted on: November 26th, 2015
Jewish history is the story of exile. Jacob blazed the trail for the Jews in exile.
Of course Hashem still cares for His people and can still perform miracles.
In any event, how do we explain the fact that Hashem changed Avraham’s name entirely but merely added another name to Yaakov’s?
Posted on: November 25th, 2015
By making two lists-Details & Foundations-you will find your Thanks will become an act of Giving.
Join us as we consider the story of the Rape of Dina with the respect and understanding it deserves.
Posted on: November 20th, 2015
I told her that I could teach him the brachos to make on the Torah, he could get an aliyah, and in addition, I would help him write a short dvar Torah from the parsha.
How is it possible that Yaakov didn't know he spent his wedding night with Leah rather than Rachel?
Posted on: November 19th, 2015
Yaakov Avinu wasn’t afraid that he would learn to steal because of Lavan; he was afraid that his image of what is considered normal behavior might be affected.
A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.
What did Jacob mean when he realized the sanctity of the place he slept and declared it to be the House of G-d, Beit Elokim?
Posted on: November 18th, 2015
Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation
What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?
Posted on: November 13th, 2015
Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.
It seems to me that the practice of the Arizal is exactly what the Sfas Emes is noting and presents a balanced yet deeply spiritual teaching that is vital to internalize.
Posted on: November 12th, 2015
Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.
It seems clear from this explanation that time spent in heaven does not constitute time in regards to aging and other time-related calculations in this world.
After Abraham verified that Rebecca was indeed a worthy wife for Isaac, the Torah says, “vayiten Avraham lYitzchak,” Abraham transferred the tradition to Isaac.
In the tales of Isaac one thing becomes apparent: He's rarely the main character in his own stories!
Yehuda & Yosef are the tikun (repairing) for Yaakov, who deceived his father and suffered for it.
Posted on: November 11th, 2015
Ever wondered why the least funny Jew in the entire Torah should be named Yitchak, “He Laughed?”
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